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that might hit particular cities or regions and a new defense secretary. >> you know, it is interesting. of course a lot of that is simply by events. obama didn't seem it make that much of an anti-defense move in its first term. it was accompanied by the afghanistan surge. so there was just so much he could do. but right now, you have definitely got a move towards, if not isolation, definitely a move from intervention, appointment of secretary hague el as you point out, is definitely endorsement of that. even within that, within the republican party, there is a danger that they are focused on, moving toward budget talks rather than defense and foreign policy talks. so it is tough to see who carry theory the mantle for defense. >> thank you richard. richard aboulafia from the teal group. >> on the back of its earnings and what a miss, stock down 75% over the past one year. so where does the on-line deals site go from here? and as we head out, let's look at financials. there they are. all higher. not so much, but higher. we are back in two minutes. ♪ [ male announcer ] to hold a patent
prices in seven major chinese cities row rose an average tr a year earlier. that's much higher than expected and it's the first time prices rose across the board after ten straight months of decline. >> the layest property data comes at a time when they might tighten policy. home prices across china gained on month .on year continuing the defy government efforts to cool this market. beijing has led a crackdown on home prices for the last three years. but chinese real estate has been showing signs of a revival since the middle of last year. investors struggled to digest the data. it seemed like they were trying to figure out whether the data had hit a sweet spot. was it a big enough contain or was et small enough to pass under bay ying's radar, yet still confirm signs of a recovery? in any case, the property market is essential to china's overall economic recovery making up more than 10% of gdp. it's a sector that investors and we will continue to monitor closely. back to you guys. >> and on that note, we are learning from hong kong the government has unveiled fresh measurer to cool
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to fail, the sequester and how he missed the crisis at citi. >>> is it time to say good-bye to the u.s. airways brands? a deal looks close for amr's american to take it over, become the number one brand. does consolidation mean airlines just got more attractive. >>> we start off with the retailers, january report card, macy's posting an 11.7% jump in same-store saturday and raising guidance. stellar results from some of the retailers. >> such a mixed picture. some guys -- kohl's, people decided their clearance is moving the stock up nicely. gap strong happens moved. consistently great job. people talking about urban outfitters doing a great job, doesn't seem like the stocks right now are moving the way you would think they would. i don't know how many people are counting on this particular month -- >> a short month, bleedover from the holidays. the rate of beats, 59% is the strongest since august, which was 86%, thanks to mkm partners. the number of them that have outpaced expectations is pretty big, relative to everything else. >> this is historically the one month i don't care abou
's revenue sharing, it is economic development for the areas, the communities and cities where we operate, so it's not just about baseball teams. we continue to do well. >> thank you so much for joining us. a great pleasure having you on. >> likewise. >> linda alvarado, alvarado construction. >>> a sneak peek in the green room, packed this morning. they regularly talk on conference calls with the white house, consulting with the president on issues of vital economic performance. today, they consult with you our viewer on "squawk box." at 1:45, the aflac duck was brought in with multiple lacerations to the wing and a fractured beak. surgery was successful, but he will be in a cast until it is fully healed, possibly several months. so, if the duck isn't able to work, how will he pay for his living expenses? aflac. like his rent and car payments? aflac. what about gas and groceries? aflac. cell phone? aflac, but i doubt he'll be using his phone for quite a while cause like i said, he has a fractured beak. [ male announcer ] send the aflac duck a get-well card at getwellduck.com. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
for cablevision in a very long time. david, in the meantime, we want to call your attention to vatican city. pope benedict xvi stepping down after nearly eight years as pontiff after unexpectedly announcing his resignation on february 11th for health reasons. you can see him walking down the hall here. he's expected to depart vatican city by helicopter heading to castel gandolfo where he will take up temporary residence until his new residence outside of vatican city is complete. once he steps into the castel gandolfo, the doors will closed and it is complete. >> thousands of people stormed into st. peter's square to watch this happen. they put big screen televisions inside the vatican grounds for the public to watch what is happening. it's hard to get a vantage point of the scale if you've never been there but isn't that just an amazing thing to watch? >> and historic are, given that we haven't seen anything like this in 600 years, right? >> i wasn't there but obviously you were, david. eagerly checking the stocks. >> yes, i was. >> interesting this morning, cardinal dolan of new york was asked
an investor day in new york city today. shares are down. they are up almost 8% so far this year, down a half percent today. kayla tausche covering auction across the river in new york city. kayla. >> hey, tyler, well, jamie dimon in the hot seat. remember last week some shareholders called for that role to be split. we haven't heard from him on that point yet. we have heard about management change. lots of turnover, half the executives presenting today were in different roles last year. he begs to differ say too much change saying a lot are jpmorgan vets. the big news on cost cuts. that's why a lot of people looking at the stock down today. the bank is targeting $1 billion in cost cuts. among the ways they are going to get there, 4,000 net head count reductions. we should note they are going to be a lot of head count reductions over the next two years in the consumer banking unit. there could be as many as 19,000 jobs cut with the majority of those in the mortgage banking department as the mortgage environment improves here. that's not to say the consumer bank is shrinking. we heard from cha
turbines are now powering some of america's biggest cities. siemens. answers. >>> let's take a look at u.s. futures. the last time we checked in, the dow was set to open about 11 points at the open. it's peared back just a tad. the dow is still trying to climb back towards that 14,000 level, a time, ross, when frankly more people were talking about warning signs in the market. >>> meanwhile, as far as the european stocks were concerned, and this is where we stand, firmer today. the ibex down 0.3%. the cac 40, ftse and xetra dax up between 0.25% and 0.5%. dollar index is up, kelly. >> that's right. and the dollar/yen, adding 0.5%. so 93.17. aussie/dollar weaker by about 0.5%. a lot of trade across asia is quiet or closed for the lunar new year. >>> france's problems have nothing to do with a single curren currency, but down to the problems itself. he said that the core of the french problem lies inside the cup, not in the foreign exchange rate. this time last week, the french president called for the rights to curve the euro. >>> and the euro group meeting, which is due to star today in b
the city government imposed higher loans. the kospi ended weaker by 0.5%. australia's asx 200 moved back towards its 4 1/2 year high gaining 0.8%. as we had the strong gains in retail and financial stocks. india's sensex are trading higher by about 0.25%. back to you. all right. thanks for that, sixuan. catch you later. >>> still to come on the program will be adam barcelona. taking a look at the hottest trends in the space, find out what the ceo of deutsche has to say about the challenges of taking on the american market. kelly is there. she'll join us in just a few moments. >>> the mobile world congress is under way in barcelona. there's a new hand set based on its firefox web browser for mozilla. the reason i'm on my own is because kelly is there getting all mobile and wired and super fast. hi, kel. >> ross, it is great to see you guys out here in barcelona. i wish i could say the weather is a little warmer. it's surprisingly chilly here. and the chilly economic environment across europe also having an impact. some of the bigger european and american names have skilled down their pres
private partnership in the cayman islands. he happened to invest in partnerships when he was at citi, and they happened to be based there. >> in romney's case he set them up down there? >> no, he didn't. i was not making -- i never made the cayman islands argument to you ever. >> oh! about romney? >> i never did. go back and check the tapes. never. >> i don't think he ever did. >> i think -- >> i don't think he did. >> in general, just the whole perception. now al gore's got more money, a lot more money than romney, as you know. you think that's in the cayman islands? >> he's not filthy rich. no, that's somewhere safe, the lea -- the middle east. >> as the ocean washes across the country, it's safe, probably in gold. >>> in the markets, the futures are fight slightly higher. yesterday the dow was up by 47 point. the s&p up by two. as patty dawn points out, the nasdaq has been the big issue. it was actually down yesterday by five points. it has not closed above the 3,200 level that so many had been watching closely. some say in order to see the s&p 500 and the dow break out to new hig
with their foams and cameras that showed the bags in question, the tent city in question. people who had a room with an actual window were much happier. we interviewed some of those folks last night. it wasn't as hot or smelly in their room. they were probably on an upper deck, so depending on where you were on the boat, as always. 100 buses were waiting last night to either new orleans or to galveston, which is where the boat originally disembarked from. there's going be about a dozen charter flights today by delta to get everybody home. back to you guys. >> all right, mcc, thank you. we want to hear from you, if not on a cruise ship, where would you rather be stuck? what would a better place to be rather than on a cruise ship? >> how about right here at work? >> right here at work? >> filling in for andrew ross sorkin. >> filling in for andrew ross sorkin. it smells fine in here right now. you showered this morning? i did, too. it's friday. so i did, as well. it's underwear change day, shower day, everything else. >> once a week you shower? >> is that tmi? no, no. when we were out in pebble,
of the world's 1 billion catholics. claudia lavonnia now with more from vatican city. >> reporter: hello. it's been quite a day here at the vatican. of course we haven't seen this as you said in about 700 years now. the last pope that resigned or rather abdicated, let's say, was in 1294. it was the fifth. now back then it was called the great refusal by him. this time pope benedict xvi said well, i am stepping down. i just can't take it anymore. the tasks of the pontiff is just too much for me. i'm letting a younger pope take over and bring it on for the 1.2 billion catholics worldwide. certainly this was unexpected. he said he was tired, but nobody thought or expected that it would come down to step down as a matter of fact. >> thank you very much for that. we're going to talk more about that. and i'm sure it's been quite a day there in vatican city. also putting italy front and center for two important elections coming up. the presidential election due out at the end of the month. fernando napolitano is with me. he is holding a summit today in new york focussed on investing in italian comp
who make promises that will never be fulfilled, my city has demonstrated you can make real contributions to provide the economy to businesses in trouble. we pay off our debt to business necessary time and this prevents companies from going bankrupt. but they still need help. we need to reduce the fiscal pressure and cut the cost of employment without damaging workers and their rights. >> it's fashion week here in milan. you only have to be here to get the sense of pride that people feel about this industry. how do you get that to translate to other sectors and the political system, too? >> translator: i think we can bring back pride to our politics giving a strong sign of renewal. i was in the uk and when i said i was a lawyer from italy, from milan, all people could talk about was bunga bunga. now that has changed. i've been invited to talk about the school of economics. i see when i go abroad, when foreign officials come to milan, the city is once again a focal point and there's a willingness to discuss and trade. >> the more foishlgs and public i speak to here, the more
on the vegas strip is only the latest act of violence in sin city. we have a live report coming up on a violent crime wave there and if it's eating into the city's bottom line when it comes to the very-important tourist trading. that's later on "the closing bell." [ male announcer ] any technology not moving forward is moving backward. [ engine turns over, tires squeal ] and you'll find advanced safety technology like an available heads-up display on the 2013 lexus gs. there's no going back. i've always kept my eye on her... but with so much health care noise, i didn't always watch out for myself. with unitedhealthcare, i get personalized information and rewards for addressing my health risks. but she's still going to give me a heart attack. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >>> welcome back. if you're just joining us, markets are seeing a selloff as we go into the final minutes of the trade here. dow down 132 points. the s&p back below 1500 for the first time in a little while. problems in washington and overseas, though, are not bothering one of our next guests. sam stoval. >> welco
.s. home prices continued to rise through december of last year. the ten-city composite up 5.9%. the 20-city composite up 6.8%. david blitzer is the chairman of the s&p 500 index committee. david, welcome back. good morning. >> good morning. >> pretty good numbers to close out the year. people still trying to get their arms around how distressed properties are moving some of these prices, especially in key markets. >> that's right. i think the overall picture is very, very strong. the national index, which is up 7.3% for the four quarters, ended with the end of 2012. so really, all across the country things look good. only one city of all 20 was down on the year-over-year basis. >> still, though, i'm told the index is heavily skewed by the share of distressed. that's why atlanta could be down 17%. and now up 10% year-over-year. are these numbers, are they reflective of what's happening with real buyers? >> yes, i think they are reflective of what's actually happening with real buyers. what we've seen in city after city over the last couple of years is the city will get hit with a wave o
of the u.s., it is cricket city. 37 in kansas city with clouds. 31 in minneapolis. and back out west we go, rain in seattle. and it, look like partly cloudy skies for much of central and southern california. now, what about travel? what can you expect today as you head out to the airways? at a couple of the airports, you could see some delays. minor delays delays expected in new york. the mix of travels. a mix of rain and is snow in spots lot of cleveland. there you go, guys. let's send it back to you in new york. >> reynolds, we were just talking about sorkin on the best dressed list and you may not be on it, but this is the guy that might replace it. loot him. >> thank you so much. >> you know what? i think he knew he was going to be back on squawk today. it's been a while and you said i'm going to be back on "squawk box." >> got the pocket square going. >> representing. >> and the hair is high .tight today, too, right? when was that done, yesterday? >> high and tight. my dad, god rest his soul, was a high and tight man. >> do you miss us on the days on -- >> every day. a day without "sq
digging out for you. hamden, connecticut, 40 inches. in portland, the biggest snow in city history, 32 inches of snow falling in portland, maine. we have a messy commute for you, more freezing snow, more rain rolling in. for new york, it will be all rain for you. put it on top of the foot of snow that you had, it's a crummy morning. light snow rolling in towards boston and freezing rain, temperatures at 26 degrees. 3 below in bangor. in the capital district about 32. in new york, temperatures close to 42 degrees this morning. a little bit more snow to go, mostly through northern new england, as much as half a foot. and in watertown. but now, in addition to that, the staff has gotten very, very active. yesterday evening, a tornado touching down in hattiesberg, mississippi. many people injured, hitting southern mississippi campus here. more storms firing up this morning, not ruling out tornados. more storms in pensacola, florida, including val ves ton and houston. low chance of tornado, but a high threat for flooding. guys, no matter how you slice it, north or south, some very unwelcome
of the world's cleanest gas turbines are now powering some of america's biggest cities. siemens. answers. >>> happy monday. welcome back to "squawk on the street." we'll begin with tech. jim short sounding the alarm of the apple bulls who screamed buy before the stock went down. we'll find out how many analysts failed to see that. >>> pope benedict will resign at the end of the month citing health concerns. what does it mean for the vatican and who could be next. >>> google shares down after hitting an all-time high last week, surging over 10% since the beginning of the year. are the charts pointing to more of a pullback ahead. >>> first, a lot of news out on tech this morning. certainly over the weekend we found google executive chairman eric schmidt is selling roughly 42% of his stake in google, in a move that could net him more than $2.5 billion. jon fortt has more from san jose. he joins us live. is it a surprise that schmidt should be such a heavy seller now? >> maybe a little bit of a surprise. not as big as the pope saying he's on his way out. but schmidt owns about 7.6 million sh
. the cold is what's moving in here. dangerous windchills, 15 the below sfee row in the twin citys, 1 is in chicago and 13 in indianapolis. lots of layers for all the kids who are going back to school today. then we catch our next storm, this little pin wheel around the oregon coast. this will dive down around california today and is be a pretty big snowmaker. coast to coast, 6 to 12 inches in the snowfall mountains. plenty of snow here around the wasatch. these amounts in the appalachians, on the order of 1 to 3 inches today 37 back to you guys. >> beck can he can't believe what she just heard about that cold weather. eric, they're melg me, you didn't know it was 25 degrees. >> it's warmed up in minneapolis since earlier today. >> such balmy weather. >> it's like, i've known this, right? >> we're here to educate. >> eric, i rely on the weather channel. tell us something, andrew -- >> he did. he just told me it's 2:22 in nairobi. >> you need singapore time? >> you know what else? the clock when you put them all in, andrew, am i right? if it's nice, the clocks are dark. if it's daytime
at citi's expectations. trade's been volatile. shares fractionally lower. >>> let's check the broader landscape. two european markets are a little higher. xetera dax adding .3 after a strong performance yesterday on the strong zew survey. bond rates, we haven't seen as much focus on the space. it tells you something. the ten year in spain, 5.15%, under 4.4 for italy ahead of the elections on sunday. over to forex, the euro yesterday was initially stronger. gave up ground. today, adding .2% to 134. the yen giving up another .3%, heading back toward the 93 level. for more let's check in with li from singapore. >> reporter: thank you. asian shares climbed to the highest level in 1.5 years on an improving global outlook. the nikkei managed to close at a 52-month high despite a record trade deficit in january. investors are still awaiting the decision for the next boj chief. toyota shares gained 1.7% after thenique reports. the carmaker will ramp up production in april by 10% on expectations of higher domestic sales and more profitability due to a weaker yen. japan tobacco lost 1% an reute
driven downturn. >> and there are forecasts now. i thought it was nomura city. whichever bank, i apologize. talking about spanish gdp by 4%. >> one shouldn't exaggerate. span entered the crisis in a relatively comfortable position debtwise. the problem is, the scale of the economic downturn and the fact that the -- the costs of the bank bailout have been basically settled, have saddled spain to even higher debt. that's clearly undermined spain's creditworthiness. >> the thing is, is what we're seeing here just something that's going on in january? because with such easy money in the world and the fact that if you're a fixed income investor, real returns are negative. are we driving fixed income investors not just in the sovereign market, but, you know, they're not going to -- they can't switch out of fixed income into equity. we talk about them looking at structured credit now seems to be flying, investment grade is overvalued. i wonder if that's what's going on here, if you can find the spanish debt at 5%, it's still better than other stuff you could buy. >> what we're seeing he
quarter. maybe some positive news there. tina, from citi, she's been taking a look at what the president has to do, i guess, in his second term or what he's expected to do. what i loved was your point, how did you put it? fiscal deals or compromise tend to disappear in washington like -- >> the bermuda triangle. >> you don't have high hopes for compromise here? >> no. most politicians in the developed world, and the u.s. very much within this, it's not going to see -- i'm not going to provide fertile ground for grand bargains. politicians like to talk about it. this is their way of saying, we're ready to do a deal, but it's those guys, they won't compromise. we think we'll see more of this piecemeal last minute compromises. >> and we're fating critical issues in the u.s. people might be aware of the fiscal cliff, but there's the continuing resolution, there's the sequester that goes into effect march 1st. should we hold our breath for compromise here? and, again, the issue is being forced because these are situations in which if there's no action, something still happens. >> that's right
.75%. declines on the part of bank of america and citi, down more than 1% apiece. technology, it follows the theme all throughout 2013 so far, technology is slightly lower. although we do have apple trading higher today. the fact that apple of late seems to be bucking the trend of the markets. whenever that trend happens to be. today is a downtrend, apple trading higher. certainly for the year, it has been that the markets rallied without apple. in spite of apple we should note. it is still the second largest company by market capitalization on the s&p. >> they're very close, exxon and apple. and we have to mention facebook. i mention facebook because the shares are down over 3%. adding to losses that have started to add up percentagewise for this company, after reported what were not great earnings. at least when you look at mobile and the growth there. again, that according to some who follow the company closely, who were not as perhaps enthused as they otherwise might have been. >> within the realm of this sort of large cap, technology leaders, google getting a downgrade today. google
in this regard, i'm moving from one of the least expensive capital cities in the world, ottawa, to one of the more expensive, shall we say, capital cities in the world, london. >> would you have done the job for less? >> i was offered these terms and i accepted them. >> do you see there might be any resentment amongst staff at the level of your pay package? i'm not aware of any. >> you don't anticipate that in any way? >> i don't anticipate -- if i may say in terms of the pay package, the pay package is, if i may, properly viewed as pay pension and -- >> mark carney continuing to talk about the logistics of it as taking on the role of the head of the bank of england. we can already tell you from statements that are on the wire that he's talking a lot about the exit strategy. he's saying there are limits, you know, to changing the policy framework that the blank of england might pursue. let's bring tom vosa back in here. tom, i have to say there's a generally hawkish tenor to what we're seeing so far. we've seen the spike in the pound as a result of this. what do you make of that? >> we
's calling in at jfk. everyone is trying to get out of the city before the storm hits. but everything starting from now is basically canceled. >> it will be hard. if you are stuck, there's within thing you can do. >> which is? >> turn the tv on. >> and watch cnbcwex. >> get your food in -- >> and -- >> no, no, the entire channel is fine. you don't have to just watch "worldwide exchange." there are worse things you could do. >>> still to come on the show, apple says it's considering returning cash to shareholders after coming under pressure from david einhorn. more details when we come back. . this is for real this time. step seven point two one two. verify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one. standing by for capture. the most innovative software on the planet... dragon is captured. is connecting today's leading companies to places beyond it. siemens. answers. [ male announcer ] ok, here's the way the system works. let's say you pay your guy around 2% to manage your money. that's not much you think. except it's 2% every year. does that make a difference? search "
moments. >>> and the mayor of london boris johnson says the city will remain at the heart of europe's financial services industry. >> i think that london and the uk will remain for our lifetimes the economic financial powerhouse of the european union. i don't think that there's going to be any change in that. it's inevitable after the shake up that we've seen in the last few years that there will be downsizing in some of these banks but that doesn't mean that you won't continue to see huge number oefs people employed in financial services in this city. this place, london, has the right time zone, it has the right combination of skill, it has the right language to be the best place on earth in which to raise capital in the global economy. >> and the situation surrounding greece and cypress has taken center stage at the euro group talks. silvia wadhwa call up with olli rehn and asked him just what was decided on cypress. >> we have plenty from cypress on the bond program for cypress could be taken in the course of the much. and the other things to watch to get our partner wes detroit
information on that. plus, the other talking of the morning, why new york city mayor michael bloomberg, he wants to ban styrofoam. no more styrofoam. >> you know what i've seen, the new york city psa is about how you shouldn't drink sugar. there's a guy sitting there drinking 16 packs of sugar a day. >> you say that to a man my age, psa, and it's prostate -- >> the guy is drinking 16 backs of sugar and going, while they're drinking their soda. >> take a look at this. us airways ceo doug parker arriving at the airport in dallas just a few minutes ago. we're expecting an official announcement from amr on the usair merger. that's coming, we think, very, very toon soon. we're going to have that and a lot more when squawk returns. this is america. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day after day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. >>> welcome back to squawk this morning. t let's take a lo
in a position -- it's been a pretty awful episode for the city of london, a lot of big advisers, jpmorgan, credit suisse, some of the lawyers, price waterhouse coopers, a lot of people who are on the board of bumi, all of them have tarnished reputations as a result of this scandal. >> whose fault is that? >> that's a good question. and there's still a bitter takeover by the panel going on as to exactly who knew what when the fundamental issues about funds that have gone missing from the company before it was brought to the london market. >> and nat rothschild has a lot of complaints about that money. the question is whether he knew about it before he brought this company to the london market, anyway. >> he calls the current management team a disaster. the company is uninvestble. we have to get out the cancer, he says. >> bumi has made a lot of commitments as to what they will do if this vote is won. they certainly sent a message that the current chairman will step down, the backrie family have offered to buy out half the company in return for their own shares in bumi. so in theory, at lea
happened here. let me give you one example of what citi wrote, for example. shock waves across the market. this is what happens when the worst case comes through. high political uncertainty is negative for investments in italy. so this is quite bad. remember, this is a parliamentary system. so even though someone yesterday got the most votes, they didn't win. that is luigi bersani. berlusconi and grillo got a lot more votes than anyone expected. that's what led to gridlock and so no one is in control. silvio berlusconi, sounding exhausted, called into one of his networks this morning to chat with the news anchors there. first of all, he doesn't think there should be new elections, which is a possibility. when he was asked about interest rates rising in italy, he said, don't worry about interest rates. they are an invention. the markets are a little bit independent and a little bit crazy. and the fact that the spread is widening compared to german interest rates, why do we have to compare ourselves to the germans all the time? we don't have to. he hinted to a coalition with the left. he di
to offer online betting. this bill means that online playing of any game offered by atlantic city's 12 casinos is out there. so bets can't be placed until the state division of gaming enforcement actually sets a start date. casinos say that it could take stockton 12 months to get ready. with all the stories you heard about atlantic city, they could probably use an advantage, some sort of help to get people back in their dorms. >>> we go -- back in their doors. >>> from gambling to beer. class-action lawsuits accusing anheuser-busch of watering down its brands. the suits claim that consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol con stated on levels. this is only 3-2 -- >> some have supposed to have 5%, some are supposed to have 4%. apparently there's some ex-employees who have come forward. >> right. >> suggest that -- >> whistle blowers say they know they were intentionally watering stuff down which is crazy. the beer lovers in the suit are seeking millions in damages for all the alcohol that they missed out on. the lawsuits are based on information again, as andrew said, from former e
. it's really a tale of two cities, right? you've got the market feeling great from the get-go, mutual fund inflows. you feel the market wanted to go higher in january. it carried over a little bit into february. but there's been no follow-through really on the volume. and the other metrics you would look at. a little better on options. so it's interesting. now the question is, do things like sequestration and what's going on in italy right now throw us a few curveballs we don't really need right now. >> or maybe our volume levels are down for good. >> could be. >> people just say that's the wave. >> the investors are certainly turning over their portfolios less than they were. they're moving into higher asset classes now. maybe we have to get used to a new normal on volumes. >> derivatives strong, divide that up pretty good in the yields. that can work for everybody. >> i think the strategy in the merger really is a divide and conquer strategy. stapling on our interest rate complex to their commodity and energy franchise. gives us more time to focus on the nyse assets here. so i'm exc
systems go. and cramer fave kansas city southern, ksu, $103, all-time record and it may be in talks to build a major hub to bring oil to texas refineries. shipping by train. and important to get an outlet for the domestic oil, and ksu is the preferred way to play it. a terrific stock because of the smoking hot mexican trunk line. how do we know this isn't a blip? you see companies make truck engines and components like cummins, $2.39 and remarkable runs all, nowhere near as amazing as boeing. the supposedly hobled pitiful helpless giant maker of planes that isn't supposed to be able to fly any time soon, if you read the press reports. why the heck 66 cents from the 52-week high, how about because they play huge orders with the companies, because it may be, despite what the press reports you hear and see the financest manufacturer in the world. they will fick this problem faster than anyone believes possible. that abundance of order makes sense given airlines are the most solvent i have ever seen them and i think -- get this. stop trading for a moment. i any united continental, delta
than the annual salary. the city of london, seen as a major loser in this deal. it has an estimated 150,000 staff potentially affected and i just have to say, i keep thinking i'm missing something on this story because if this actually happens, ross, the impact would be -- it would have a major impact on the city, especially at the top. what does it mean for the banks? what does it mean for the potential returns when you look at comp and return on investment for, you know, return investment capital for some of these financial names? >> look, if you're freezing pay bonuses at one times salary, which for the investment bank is quite a dramatic change, what will the reaction be? obviously, a lot of people leaving banks or you'll see -- which i suspect you'll also get an awful lot of complex pay deals coming up. >> that, too. >> and there's a lot of ways to try and get around it. >> credit suisse and some are trying to pay with derivatives. there may be different kinds of comp. but if you're talking about the best and the most talented, you could argue about that in the banking sector alway
of america's biggest cities. siemens. answers. >>> italy's mario montanaty is calling on the candidates to appear in a televised debate as he's struggling to gain ground in his first ever campaign. jules is in milan. anybody nibbling at his debate idea, jules? >> well, what we've seen is that he's in fourth place behind berlusconi, behind the comedian becky grillo and wind the man that's most likely to win right now, mr. bersani of the democratic party. but i think the important thing to point out here is there's still a third of voters out there that haven't made a decision, in part because of the scandals we've had in the last few months making it difficult for people to decide. for mario monti's point of view, it can't hurt. berlusconi came out immediately and said he's not willing to face mario monti. he doesn't want questions on his economic policy. but one of the things that gets banded around here is if he's more interesting in addressing his legal issues. you know, my accepts from that is that actually, despite what's going on in the markets, the relative calm appearance right n
. everything is an additional 50%, 60%. an expensive city. so we'll see. it sounds like if mark carney actually doesn't come out with some of the more dovish statements on thursday people are expecting, the other thing could happen. we could be backing up toward 1.60 again. we'll see. mark, i hope you're listening. i'm kidding. >> between 1.50, 1.65 is -- what the exchange rate should be for dollar/sterling. that band is the comfortable trade weighted. it's about right. >> okay. >> and now, hsbc taking a turn in the hot seat this morning, appearing before the parliamentary commission on banking standards. hsbc ceo stewart gulliver and chairman douglas flint giving answer as we speak. just to let you know that that's happening. and there's plenty of corporate news, as well, today. >> that's right. disney's first-quarter profits fell 6% in part because of rising costs to buy sports content for espn. the company is exploring an exit from espn in the u.k. excluding that, results beat forecasts as revenues rose 5%. disney does see better quarters ahead thanks to strong film slate and improving theme
from the 787 grounding. >> good morning, carl. four cities in the u.s. in particular are impacted by what's happening with the dreamliner. you see them over here. san jose, san diego, denver and houston. let's walk through and explain what's at stake for each of these cities. san jose had the dreamliner service started at one point. and the flight from san jose to tokyo, the economic impact, it's estimated to be about $214,000 a day to that region. now, that's just an estimate at this point. next when you talk about san diego, japan airlines beginning dreamliner service, or supposed to begin service to narita, and at this point, $750,000 in marketing support, along with reduced landing fees. the reason why? you want that direct flight over tokyo from san diego. denver, colorado, this is a big deal for united airlines. service was supposed to start at the end of march. at this point they say it's still going to happen. but look at the economic impact if this is delayed. it's estimated this service will bring in $132 million to the state of colorado. and then finally, united also pl
. >>> it was a budget day in hong kong. we'll head out east to get all the data as the city's poised to enjoy a return to higher growth. >>> and we fly tout singapore to speak to the global head of trade at hspc who think that the face of trade is changing as more high-end products are due to be exported out of emerging markets. >>> bides all of that -- besides all of that, the focus is on the auction in italy. that will hit the tape in an hour and ten minutes. how much will italy have to pay for its political impasse? rome looking to sell between three and four billion euros of a ten-year issue. this was the six-month auction producing the most since 2012, up around 50 basis points. this is where the euro is trading ahead of the auction. 130.79 where we stand currently. yesterday we were down at seven-week low of around 1,317 -- 1.3017. it's warned in italy that a loss of investor confidence could increase borrowing costs and reignite the debt crisis. as for italy's politicians, the leader of the center left coalition has vowed that he would try to form a government and seek an alliance that would re
of the day. right now reading the closing bell, new york city celebrating 25 years. they'll be appearing at carnegie hall. as we head towards the second hour, waiting for the interview with the ceo of clorox. on the second hour of "the closing bell." >>> and it is 4:00 on swallow street. do you know where your money is? i'm maria bartiromo on the floor of the new york stock exchange. the market posting the first triple digit loss on the dow industrials of the year after closing above 14,000 on friday. the market has retraced quite a bit of that today. we're also following a developing story at this hour. the justice department planning to file a suit against standard & poor's. mcgraw-hill clobbered today. also moody's down with it. and the dow down 130 points at the close tonight. about 1% lower at 13,880. nasdaq composite also gave up about 48 points as you can see there. almost 1.5% on the nasdaq. and the s&p 500 tonight down 17.5 points. joining me now is peter sorrentino, craig hodges, and our own rick santelli. good to have you on the program. peter, your thoughts on this lawsuit. h
, give me some loving. apple's not even on the top 50 of citi's new global champions. >> really? >> apple's not even on the list. >> holy cow. >> but the question is, why should it be on the list? >> coach is on the list. >> nine times earnings. coach is on the list? >> should go buy coach. buy a man bag. >> man purse. >> are we saying that on the list, which i have here somewhere, that apple's not one of the best 50? >> best 50 what, though? >> listen, maybe that's the bottom. >> coach, cummins -- >> i like cummins. >> ebay. >> i like ebay. >> speaking of watches, you can get a fossil instead of a swatch. >> listen, man, fossil, i told you yesterday fossil is going to determine whether that apple watch is better than the google glasses. >> google's on the top 50 list. >> i believe that. >> i'm going to 1,001 right now. >> where is brian white? >> right. that almost -- i don't want to say it topped the stock. when you start to get the really far out there price targets on apple, that's when the cracks in the story started to really -- >> look, here's capital oil and gas. one of the best p
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on or the attempted hacking of banks. b of a and citi group and chase, everybody admits there's been attacks on them and deflections. but should we worry about our internal bank accounts we access online because of hackers? should that be a concern for the average checking account out there? >> for the most part, no. the banks actually of all the industries do probably the best job of protecting themselves. the attacks you've seen recently are something called ddos attacks which disrupt banks to carry on business. this is a serious escalation. it appears they're coming from a nation state that sponsors terror. that's one of the things we have to be looking forward about and doing a better job protecting ourselves. >> all right arthur coviello of rsa, thank you for your thoughts today. >>> as we continue, more on today's big selloff and why some say it may be about to get worse because of washington's dysfunction. as blunt automatic spending cuts are set for four days from now. we're back in a minute. if your tires need to be rotated, you have to get that done as well. jackie, tell me why somebody sh
york university. today's "wall street journal" questions the big bonus citi paid lew. sounds a lot like revolving door crony capitalism. that's right. back with us now is mike ozanian, steve mcmahon, and kay bailey hutchison. mike, i don't know this guy. i don't know. i don't know why nyu had to give him a special severance payment. he left voluntarily. i don't know why citigroup had to give him a bonus. he went to the federal government. the stipulation was if you go work for the federal government, we will guarantee you a bonus. not if you go work for the red cross or a non-profit. this sounds to me like crony capitalism revolving door. >> you know what? i have so much respect for tim geithner, that to me this seems like such a downgrade. it's very disturbing to me. it bothers me even more than the nomination of chuck hagel. it just seems like the president is totally disengaged. no one vetted this guy. it's just crony capitalism, as you said. and the president spoke so vehemently for so long that this was something he was going to put a stop to. >> that's a key point. he talked about
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in arizona and send that electricity to new york city, i don't think that was ever that realistic. but, what we're talking about is smart grid technology, in that with thousands or millions of sources of electricity all around the country, the i.t. that's going to be necessary to make that all work together is going to be pretty huge. >> david, thank you very much for coming in and explaining all this stuff to us. >> come on back. >> i could go on for aheil. >> we didn't talk about the tax credits and whether or not that's going to lay. >> who would have known that electricity could be interesting. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> when we come back -- >> blackberries every second it's very interesting. >> house majority leader eric cantor and his plan to give the republican party a message makeover. "squawk" will be right back. at 1:45, the aflac duck was brought in with multiple lacerations to the wing and a fractured beak. surgery was successful, but he will be in a cast until it is fully healed, possibly several months. so, if the duck isn't able to work, how will he pay for his living expe
thought he was impeccable -- i mean. >> he was at citi for awhile. >> he was at sit ty for like two years or something. we're not talking about a lot of time. >> some of these things were when he was at the university and the questions are about what they paid him and it hasn't been -- >> there are different standards applied -- >> again you are shocked that in washington people take sides that they're on? >> it doesn't seem to bother anyone in the media, though, except for "the wall street journal." i don't see "the washington post" carping. i don't see your paper carping. >> i've read a lot of it. >> not "the new york times." >> "the washington post" has done some -- >> they have a great -- what's her name? she's great down there, rubin? i mean she's -- she stands out. >> but he's -- look, he's -- he was a career technocrat for the most part. >> i know. >> and with the exception -- >> these are your selling points for why he'd be a great -- >> look i'm not going to make you that argument. i'm going to make you the argument that the stuff at happened at citigroup is like a rare intermiss
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a little bit more with tina ford, who is senior political analyst at citi. it's a shame we couldn't get the full information in. we've now got with the gridlock here, what is -- i know there are many options. what do you think is the most likely? is a fresh election more likely than us coupling together some kind of coalition? >> i don't think so. at least not yet. to address your question, the next government probably won't last its full five-year term. however, fresh -- >> what is the next government? >> well, we'll get to that. there's no mon date here for austerity. you have a fragmentation amongst political parties, cobbling together a coalition is going to be difficult. historically, a coalition takes three to four weeks and it's not likely to be any quicker with this result. we are looking in the short term in weeks and probably months of political uncertainty. we have presidential elections coming, too. but in terms of fresh elections, they can't happen as quickly as they did in greece where they happened a month later. >> bettrsani will be first up trying to form a government.
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